If you’re looking to impress somebody or finally wear that dress you bought for a wedding and never used, head to Michael’s. This Long Beach staple located on the mostly-residential Naples Island has been around for years, but is still the standard for special occasion dining in the area. Are they doing anything particularly different with their food? No. But sometimes it’s just nice to sit on an open-air rooftop patio, drink martinis, eat a whole branzino, and pretend you own one of those yachts down on the water.
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The Blind Donkey is what you get cross a college bar and Long Beach with people old enough to remember Y2K. It’s awesome.
Thai District is a very good Thai restaurant in downtown Long Beach with affordable prices and an upscale atmosphere ideal for a casual date night.
The Stache is a Long Beach dive bar with excellent moscow mules and a rowdy late-night crowd.
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Drago Centro’s Italian food isn’t going to blow your mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a decent DTLA dinner choice.
Elephante is a rooftop bar/restaurant in the heart of downtown Santa Monica with great views and a crowd of bankers.
Bacari West Adams
Bacari West Adams is every USC student’s favorite spot thanks to a bottomless brunch and pretty good small plates.
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Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
The Bake N Broil is a Long Beach institution for diner classics and incredible pies and cakes.
The Attic is one of the most popular brunch spots in Long Beach, and home to the Mac N’ Cheetos, a dish that tastes much better than it sounds.
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